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Cubs manager Joe Maddon preaching patience for Jorge Soler
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:51 pm ET) Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows outfielder Jorge Soler is anxious to take his cuts at the plate, but he wants his young player to stay patient and not make unnecessary changes, according to MLB.com.

"Seriously, when you're walking, you're hitting," Maddon said.

Soler is hitting .257 with three home runs and nine RBI and six walks, the fourth most on the team this season.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar leaves game with apparent injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:45 pm ET) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Monday's game against the Braves with an apparent injury when Andrelton Simmons slid directly into his glove and ripped it off his hand, the team announced.

Danny Espinosa shifted over to third base and Dan Uggla took over at second. Escobar was 0 for 2 in the game and is hitting .284 in 67 at-bats this season.


Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval leaves game with neck injury
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:40 pm ET) The Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Monday's game against the Blue Jays due to neck soreness, according to the Boston Herald. 

Sandoval was 2 for 2 at the plate with a solo home run. He went yard in the fourth inning and also had a two-run single in the first. Sandoval is now hitting .294/.392/.412 for the season. 


Indians trying to be patient with Jose Ramirez
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:14 pm ET) Despite struggling to open the season, the Indians want to be patient with shortstop Jose Ramirez, reports MLB.com.

"I would encourage [fans] to take a look at Jose Ramirez's body of work," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said, per MLB.com. "Not only what he did last year at the Major League level, but the way he played and performed throughout our development system, because he's a guy that's produced at each level and played very well at each stop he's been at -- including the Major Leagues."

Ramirez is hitting .196 with one home run in 51 at-bats this season and the team has prospect Francisco Lindor waiting in the minor leagues.

"Admittedly, he's had a rough start to the season -- offensively, especially -- but he's the same guy that came up last year, struggled initially and then figured things out the second time and performed pretty well and was a big part of our team's success in the second half," Antonetti said. 


Astros outfielder George Springer working on body control at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:43 pm ET) Astros outfielder George Springer has spent the past few days in the batting cage, trying to work on the mechanics of his swing, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"These last six or seven days, I've been trying to be a slow as I can and decrease the effort, but still have the same swing," Springer said over the weekend. "You just got to stick with that and you know, carry over into the game."

Springer is hitting just .188 with two home runs in 69 at-bats this season, but is batting .231 on 26 at-bats on Houston's current road trip. Manager A.J. Hinch thinks it's just a matter of time. 

"George is coming around," Hinch said. 'He's very hard on himself, and that's not always a bad thing. I think players need to hold themselves pretty accountable, be tough on themselves. But for him to get timely hits (Friday) and begin the one rally with the double, and then come through with the tack-on run (in the 11th inning Friday) that proved to be very important is a good sign.

"George works on controlling his aggression. With George, it's in overdrive sometimes, and he's been trying to control the pace of his swing, and understand he doesn't have to over-swing to do damage. He can do enough damage just at 80, 85, 90 percent."


Phillies second baseman Chase Utley trying to snap out of funk
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:39 pm ET) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley remains the No. 3 hitter in Philadelphia's lineup despite hitting just .121 so far this season. It's been a battle for Utley at the plate, but manager Ryne Sandberg thinks he's close to putting it all together, reports MLB.com.

"He's just a series or two away from getting hot and getting to where he wants to be," Sandberg said. "He's stung the ball."

Utley has two home runs and nine RBI on 58 at-bats this season.


Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy has torn UCL, out for season
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:27 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy got the news he feared. 

McCarthy has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, the team announced. This injury is usually accompanied by Tommy John surgery. 

McCarthy said he will aim to return before the 2016 MLB All-Star break

McCarthy previously said he was hoping for the injury simply to be tendinitis. Initial tests came back negative, though now a tear has been confirmed. With McCarthy immediately sidelined, Scott Baker will receive a start either Friday or Saturday. 

McCarthy was 3-0 in four games this season with a 5.87 ERA. He struck out 29 batters, walked four and allowed 24 hits in 23 innings of work. 


Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma (lat strain) does light throwing
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:20 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was able to do some light throwing and strength exercises on Monday, according to the Seattle Times

Iwakuma has a Grade 1 lat strain that he's recovering from. It is a positive sign that Iwakuma is able to throw this early into his recovery. 


Astros DH Evan Gattis not in Monday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:17 pm ET) The Astros held designated hitter Evan Gattis out of Monday's lineup against the Padres, the team announced.

The Astros are going against right-handed pitcher James Shields, who Gattis has never faced. Gattis has four hits in nine at-bats over his last two games.

The Astros are the underdogs (+115) at San Diego on Monday.


Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco scratched from lineup Monday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:08 pm ET) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was scratched from Monday's game against the Cubs with groin tightness, the team announced.

Polanco will receive treatment and be re-evaluated during the game, according to the report. Andrew Lambo will replace him in the starting lineup and bat second. Lambo is hitting .056 with one hit in 18 at-bats this season.


 
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